“Project “Singaract” could not have had a better start than this”
I thought to myself as I glanced at the random sights of happiness in front of me: a hundred elders lovingly attended to by Rotaractors, Vindula meeting a new friend from Singapore, Tharindu (commonly referred to as Podda) learning how to iron a Pyssla bead creation, Dulanji teaching an elderly Singapore lady to create a pretty rose from a handkerchief, a classical Indian music performance entertaining us all…
All of this (and more) was at HPHP Carnival Day 2018, a collaboration of Rotaract Club of NUS with Happy People Helping People Foundation. They brought 100 elderly box collectors to College of Alice & Peter Tan, National University of Singapore on 24th March 2018 for a fun-filled day of performances & activities. Coming from a country which highly values love & respect for elderly, this was a good opportunity for us Rotaractors to share our caring attitudes while making good friends in Rotaract overseas. It also provided us more understanding of the social issues faced by Singapore and how the Rotaractors are working to alleviate those issues.
Overall, the project contributed to the Rotary focus areas of “Peace and conflict prevention/resolution” and “Economic and community development” and to the SDG 01 (No poverty), 08 (Decent work and economic growth) and 17 (partnership for goals). We are thankful to Loraine Choo, Rachel Lau and everyone at Rotaract Club of NUS for letting us join in a worthy cause! Meeting Firdaus Azimi, International Service Chair of District 3310 (Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore), who helped us a lot to organize Project Singaract, made the event more special.
By Rtr. Rochelle Silva